Pac-12 limits contact to reduce injury
The Pac-12 has agreed on a new league wide rule that will limit contact for football programs in the conference beginning this season.
According to the Associate Press the Pac-12 reached the agreement during their conference meetings this week in Park City Utah as apart of the new ‘Student Athlete health initiative.’ In a statement on pac-12.com commissioner Larry Scott said “This initiative seizes on our opportunity to embrace, support, and coordinate all these efforts and build a framework to advance them with new resources, expertise and funding.”
The new league policy will limit the number of hits the program may take during the season to avoid head trauma, concussions and other serious injuries that may occur. Scott decided to go forth with the new initiative after discovering the NFLs efforts to reduce concussions and head trauma.
“We have studied and discussed with our coaches what progress the NFL has made in terms of looking at what happens in practice and reducing the cumulative hits that occur in practice, and trying to apply policies that are appropriate for college,” Scott said, reports ESPN.com.
The new health initiative will begin in the 2013 football season for the Pac-12 and will apply to every institution in the conference.